Foreign Christmas Traditions We Should Bring To The UK

Our favourite Christmas traditions from around the world, featuring roller skates, saunas and a rather unique nativity scene

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Christmas is a time for everyone to come together. In this spirit of international amity, we've drawn up a list of the traditions we'd like to steal from other countries.

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Estonia

In Estonia, it's traditional to go for a sauna with your nearest and dearest. Although it might be a good relaxant in advance of the big day, we are slightly dubious about being stuck in a sweat box with the extended fam…

Canada

He talked. I wrote. #LetterToSanta

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For Canadian children, any letter addressed to 'Santa Claus, North Pole, Canada, HO HO HO' is read and replied to with a personalised letter. Our hearts are melting.

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Italy

My daughter likes writing me notes. #note #daughter #message #mum #dearmum #dearmummy #awesome

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While in Italy, children send letters to their parents telling them how much they love them rather than writing to Father Christmas. We can all do with spreading a little love this year so make sure you pile on the kisses at the bottom of your cards.

Venezuela

The main roads are blocked for vehicles in Caracas on Christmas Eve so that everyone can roller skate to Mass. Fancy doing the same on Oxford Street for the Boxing Day Sales, Sadiq?

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Iceland, France & Germany

In many countries, including Iceland, France and Germany, it's traditional for children to leave shoes out for Santa to fill with sweets and goodies. Does it count if I borrow my boyfriend's size 11s?

Ukraine

Who am I? Where am I? 😭😭😭

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The traditional Ukrainian Christmas Eve supper has 12 courses – loosen up your belts!

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Catalonia

In Catalonia the traditional nativity scene of Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and the wise men also features a character called 'the caganer'. Politely translated as 'the defecator', it is a small figure who from behind is revealed to have it's bare bum out and to be in the process of leaving a rather unwanted gift of its own at the nativity. While this sounds pretty weird, they have begun depicting prominent figures from the year in this uncompromising position, and we can think of one or two we'd like to immortalise like this…

Japan

クリスマス、やっぱり食べちゃったな〜 #kfcchristmas

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Finally, one you can keep. In Japan, thanks to a particularly virulent ad campaign in 1974, it is incredibly popular to eat a Christmas lunch in KFC. It's so popular that you have to book ahead and the lunch menu, which features champagne and cake, costs £35.

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